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Ryan Vogelsong hurt by poor defense
by Larry Hartstein |

Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong took the loss in Sunday's 8-2 defeat to the Padres, but it wasn't all his fault. He allowed four runs (two earned) and four hits over five-plus innings as the Giants committed two errors. Vogelsong struck out five and walked one.

Vogelsong (8-12) has gone seven innings just once in his past seven starts. He'll face the Padres again at home Friday.

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Ian Kennedy hits milestone with Padres
by Larry Hartstein |

Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy fanned five in an 8-2 victory over the Giants on Sunday, giving him a career-high 201 strikeouts and making him just the fourth San Diego pitcher to fan 200 in a season. Kennedy allowed two runs on five hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings as he improved to 12-13.

Kennedy, who has a 3.76 ERA, will face the Giants again Friday in San Francisco.

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Ryan Rua's first homer is a big one
by Larry Hartstein |

Rangers left fielder Ryan Rua belted his first career homer in the ninth inning Sunday to lift Texas to a 2-1 win over the Angels. Rua's solo shot off Huston Street was his first home run in 83 major-league at-bats.

He's hitting .313 with 10 RBI.

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A.J. Burnett clobbered Sunday against Athletics
by Marty Gitlin |

Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett received plenty of run support Sunday in Oakland, but pitched too poorly to take advantage and came away with a no-decision.

Burnett surrendered six runs on three hits and six walks over 4 1/3 innings. It was his fourth six-walk game of the year. Burnett fanned three along the way. He was all but doomed by a three-run first inning and was knocked out after allowing a two-run double to Geovany Soto in the fifth.

He will try to perform better against Atlanta on Saturday.

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Neftali Feliz notches 11th save in 12 chances
by Larry Hartstein |

Rangers closer Neftali Feliz pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out the side, to close out a 2-1 win over the Angels and earn his 11th save in 12 chances. Feliz blew away the Angels on 12 pitches.

He has 20 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings.

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Scott Kazmir struggles continue Sunday against Phillies
by Marty Gitlin |

Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir continued his second-half free-fall Sunday against Philadelphia.

Kazmir yielded six earned runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings with one walk and nine strikeouts to take a no-decision. He has allowed 27 earned runs in his last 28 1/3 innings as his ERA has skyrocketed from 2.37 to 3.63 since late July.

He will try to turn it around Friday in Texas in his final start of the regular season.

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Nick Tepesch goes seven strong innings
by Larry Hartstein |

Rangers pitcher Nick Tepesch allowed one run over seven innings Sunday against the Angels, but did not get a decision in Texas' 2-1 win. Tepesch struck out three, walked two and yielded four hits.

Tepesch (5-10, 4.14 ERA) has given up two earned runs in his last two starts covering 13 innings. He's scheduled to face the Athletics at home Saturday.

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Four-hit game extends torrid month for Matt Kemp
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

Matt Kemp registered his sixth multi-hit game in September with a 4 for 5 effort in the Dodgers' 8-5 win over the Cubs on Sunday. Kemp slugged a two-run homer off Cubs starter Jacob Turner in the third inning, highlighting an afternoon that produced four RBI and a run.

The home run was Kemp's seventh in September and his 23rd of the season. He is now batting .329 (24 for 73) for the month.

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Michael Cuddyer slugs 10th home run Sunday
by R.J. White |

Rockies first baseman Michael Cuddyer went 1 for 4 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 8-3 win over the Diamondbacks Sunday.

Cuddyer has destroyed the Diamondbacks this weekend, going 7 for 14 at the plate and homering in each of his three games played. His big performance included seven RBI in Friday's win before getting Saturday off. Cuddyer has hit .333/.378/.602 with 10 home runs and 30 RBI in 171 at-bats.

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Mark Trumbo homers twice vs. Rockies Sunday
by R.J. White |

Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Trumbo went 2 for 4 with two home runs and three RBI in his team's 8-3 loss to the Rockies Sunday.

Trumbo was the only Arizona hitter to get anything done Sunday, knocking a two-run home run in the sixth inning and following up with a solo blast in the ninth. He's started to get rolling near the end of the season, going 11 for 32 with three home runs and 13 RBI in his last eight games. Trumbo has hit .239/.300/.403 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI in 305 at-bats.

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